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on our broadcast tonight, the showdown. president obama, mitt romney and the debate in denver everyone is talking about. breaking news about american airlines. why dozens of planes in the air tonight are being grounded when they land. out of gas. why some gas stations are shutting down in a place where prices are already over $5 a gallon. is it a hidden danger of chemicals, a high importance to mothers and their newborns. and bird's eye view. what we look like to them. "nightly news" begins now.
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good evening. they now estimate over 67 million of us watched the debate in denver last night and what people saw was a highly energized, motivated and combative mitt romney sharing the stage with a subdued and lackluster president obama. what they saw was mitt romney on his way over the course of 90 minutes to scoring a clear and consensus victory in what will be the first of three meetings. for romney, today felt like a new chapter. here's a look at the crowd waiting for him tonight in virginia. while the president today said some things he was expected to say on the stanl last night. we begin our coverage with andrea mitchell. good evening. >> good evening. the president showed up today armed with attack lines against mitt romney a day late. trying to regain his footing after a rocky debate performance, the president today
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seemed everything he was not last night. >> the man on stage last night, he does not want to be held accountable for the real mitt romn romney's decisions and what he's been saying for the last year. >> mitt romney was greeted with thunderous applause this morning. >> last night, i thought was a great opportunity for the american people to see very different visions for the county 2ri. >> the morning after, even supporters said the president seemed tentative, defensive, frequently looking down at his notes like ford, carter, bush and bush. almost too accustomed to the oval office. not used to being challenged. most surprising, the president did not use some of his most potent attack lines. mitt romney's comments that 47% of the country don't pay federal income taxes. or romney's position on women's health issues. the president's surrogates tried to shift the subject to romney.
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>> romney says he's going to cut loopholes, but won't name them. >> romney clearly came to play, aggressive but polite. standing toe to toe with the with the. >> you own the house, but not your own facts. >> now, governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut on top of $2 trillion of additional spending for our military. >> i don't have a tax cut scale that you're talking about. my view is that we ought to provide tax relief to people in the middle class, but i'm not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high income people. >> however, fact checkers say romney's tax plan does add up to over $5 trillion. the same groups say the president is using fuzzy math. especially his claim of $4 trillion of deficit reduction. romney made a point he'd cut the
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budget for pbs, even to the moderator. >> i like pbs, big bird, you, too, but i'm not going to keep on spending money. >> i want to make sure i got this straight. he'll get rid of regulations on wall street, but he's going to crack down on sesame street. >> today, a key romney surrogate said this. >> what people saw last night was a president that revealed his incompetence, how laze di and detached he is. >> did you really mean to call barack obama lazy? >> he didn't want to prepare for this debate. he's lazy and disengaged. >> now, the pressure is on paul ryan and joe biden in a debate next week. and the stakes are a lot higher for the president to come up with a different game plan for his next debate with mitt romney two weeks from now. >> andrea mitchell remains in denver tonight. thanks and of course, thanks to social media.
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getting reaction to a debate isn't a morning after thing anymore. it's a real time thing and the talk about the event in denver is still going on tonight. that part of our story from nbc's john yang. >> the right answer for government is to say how do we make the private sector become more efficient? >> reporter: even before they finished talking, another debate was raging online. the twitter world exploded. york, an absolutely a one sided debate. big, big win for romney. bill maher. i can't believe i'm saying this, but obama looks like he does need a telepromter. analyst stu rothenberg. what happened to obama? >> i don't know what he was doing out there. he had his head down, he was enduring the debate. >> romney supporters celebrated. >> this was from start to finish, particularly measured against fears and expectation. >> reporter: after enduring
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weeks of headlines about gaffes, romney woke up to read he had been declared a debate winner. >> so, you're perfectly happy with his demeanor and energy level tonight? >> what i'm happy with is the path he wants to lead this country on. >> hello, colorado! >> reporter: even while cheering the president at a rally today, his supporters seemed puzzled by his debate performance. >> i didn't know quite what was going on as far as maybe he's dealing with some crisis in the middle east. >> reporter: in states like colorado and ohio, undecided voters nbc gathered to watch the debate say they saw something new. >> governor romney just sort of stepped up in terms of being something new. >> it did change the way i thought about him. >> reporter: it was the most heavily tweeted item in history. even big bird was a hot topic. if mitt romney wins, this is
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what i'll be forced to do. this tidal wave of real time commentary on social media is just another uncontrollable factor that campaigns struggle to deal with as they try to get their messages out. >> john yang samupling the reanchors. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd, traveling with the president in madison, wisconsin and peter, we'll begin with you. what was it like on the road today? >> well, after a brief pause for prayer here, this is going to be a party-like atmosphere. they are trying to build on the momentum from last night. a band will be performing and mitt romney will be joined by paul ryan. on the plane on the way out here, we saw mitt romney as loose and as relaxed as we have seen him all campaign. he was all smiles and laughter,
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joking with his advisers in the front cabin. at one point, the captain came on and said that the denver control tower has congratulated the governor. that of course was met by applause with all the folks sitting by the governor. a top adviser told me the campaign is in a really good mood, but they're going out of their way not to be gloating. last night, when top supporters and donors were at romney's hotel for dinner, rob portman came by. as one told us, portman played a better president obama than the president did himself. >> back over to chuck todd, chuck, same question to you having seen that bizarre development of people in the crowd at an obama rally wondering what was going on last night. >> yeah, that was unbelievable. it's safe to say the tswagger ad overconfidence is gone and i would call it anxiety for them today. this is the way the obama
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campaign tried to react. number one, they put out the first tv ad calling mitt romney dishonest. david plouffe, the senior strategist, used the word dishonest or not being honest, nearly a dozen times when briefing reporters this afternoon. so they're trying to put the focus on mitt romney and saying hey, he gave a great performance, but wasn't exactly honest. it was rally therapy out here though, brian. he did have 30,000 people show up in madison. >> chuck todd, peter alexander wrapping it up for us tonight. thanks. we have two big and still developing stories tonight having to do with how we all get around. on the east coast and the west, beginning with new troubles for american airlines. and for that, we want to go to tom costello. >> american airlines is sayingisaying i they are going to ground all 48 of the suspect 747s that have the seats that are becoming disconnected. they will be grounded as soon as
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they land. the airline says its mechanics now believe they've discovered the real problem that caused some seats to become disconnected from the floor. something called the seat rock plunger mechanism wasn't properly holding the seats down. it was just last night american said it inspected all eight planes and returned them to service. now, they're coming back out of service. this will mean some delays and cancellations as the airline accommodates customers. >> imagine their surprise when all those customers and aircraft land tonight. now out to california. of course, the driving capital of the world where the problem concerns gasoline. both where to buy it and what you'll pay for it. kristen dahlgren in, good evening. >> reporter: take a look. 5.69 for unleaded.
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they had to put signs on the pumps saying it's not our fault. this is normally the time of year when we see gas prices drop. but while they slept, prices went up an average of eight cents a gallon and experts say they're still climbing. they're calling it the highest single day increase in history. it comes down to refinery and supply chain problems. it started with the the fire at the richmond refinery in august. also a power failure in southern california this week and a pipeline shut down that further cut supplies so much that some gas stations ran out of gas. so some station owners saying they're thinking of shutting down completely. they say it's too difficult to sell at these prices. >> kristen dahlgren in southern california. and late news about u.s. border patrol agent killed earlier this week along the arizona-m
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arizona-mexico border. nbc's mark potter is in sierra vista where he liveded with his family. good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian. federal investigators tell nbc news that based on evidence they've found so far, they are looking into whether this shooting may have been a friendly fire incident. agents shooting at each other. he was shot and killed early tuesday morning while responding to desert sensors that track illegal movement across the border. two other agents were with him. one was wounded. they had reported being fired upon earlier. officials blamed the shootings on armed criminals and mexican authorities say they have made two arrests relalted to the case. while u.s. investigators say they have reached no conclusions and still have a lot of work to do, they cannot rule out the possibility this was a friendly fire. >> mark, thanks.
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overseas this evening, we've learned that after weeks of waiting for access, the fbi has now come and gone from benghazi in the last 24 hours investigating that attack on the u.s. consulate that killed our ambassador to libya and three other americans. u.s. military provided back-up to the fbi team on the ground. what happened there, who may be responsible and what the obama administration has said about it is a growing issue in the presidential campaign. and after a syrian shell landed in turkey on wednesday killing five women on impact and then turkey fired back, the turkish parliament today approved possible broader military action against syria. this is one to watch. turkey says this is not a declaration of war, but a warning that turkey will defend itself. syria has now apologized nota y notably, but this incident has raised grounded fears of a wider war.
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the suggest's been getting a lot of attention lately. a chemical in plastics called bpa and concerns now how it could cause health problems. now, a possible new study finding, a possible cause for concern for moms and their newborns, especially boys. a report from robert bazell. >> reporter: jenna, like many moms, worries about producting her young kids from chemical contamination. especially the effects of the the chemical, bpa, found in plastics. >> i'm avoiding plastic in general. we try to drink out of glass. all of our water bottles, we take away with us, are reuseable. they're glass or metal. >> reporter: a new study suggests that moms may be passing along effects of bpa to their kids. in a study of 500 pregnant women, those with the highest levels of bpa have lower thyroid
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levels. the hormones help control many systems in the body and can affect childhood development. >> if bpa is affecting the levels during pregnancy, this could be affecting the learning, memory and behavior of children later in life. >> reporter: bpa is part of many widely used plastic products. most americans have trace amounts in their body. while there have been many studies that bpa in animals, this is the first to show an effect on hormones. in a statement, the american chemistry council said the speculation that bpa is linked to health affects is not spothed by the data. the authors themselves now that the levels reported were within normal range. the scientists agree the results
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it's like another chapter.
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first days on earth, we've sat on lawns and benches and beaches and looked skyward and wondered what it must be like to be up there and while we long ago learned how to fly ourselves with the help of engines and alloys and electronics sitting in seats that are idealy bolted to the floor, knowing what a bird's life is like, what the world must like look to them has eluded us tonight until now.
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our report from anne thompson. >> reporter: it is a wish as old as time. for man to soar like a bird. so see the world as they do. >> our cameras reveal how hard and fast the snow goose has to flap to stay aloft. >> reporter: in a new documentary by john downer, we get as close as we've ever come. >> the story we set out to tell was a bird's eye view of the contine continent, but i think it told a lot more of that. >> where did they take you that you didn't expect? >> we'd heard about this incredible thing, where these huge rays, these fish, jump out of the sea and fly. they've never been captured on film. >> reporter: until they followed the brown pelicans to mexico's sea of cortez. for every minute of the show, there are ten hours of film this
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didn't make air. >> i think anything that can fly that is mechanical, manmade, put a camera on it. but we also made miniature cameras birds could carry. >> reporter: four years in the making, they hand raised snow geese and a vulture to fly with cameras for this film. >> how did you get them to keep it on? >> we basically developed harnesses and the way it was so carefully positioned, it didn't disturb their flight. >> reporter: he also used spy cameras. it took more than 100 days of shooting to get this spectacular scene. using human ingentlem all its w. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. >> spectacular. that's our broadcast on a thursday night. thank you for being here with us and please don't forget "rock center" tonight at 10:00
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eastern, 9:00 central. it includes the interview with mark zuckerberg. we hope to see you back here tomorrow evening. good night.

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